Facilities and Staff
The Institute of Archaeology provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate study, with over 290 registered Masters students and 120 MPhil/PhD students - see for further details. Its outstanding archaeological library is complemented by University College London's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.
Students from the Institute also make use of two exhibition spaces in the university as part of their work and school loan boxes are also sometimes created for other UCL departments. London's many museums and galleries are a wonderful source of discussion and material for this degree, but in particular UCL's own important museums and collections are are drawn upon for teaching, including those of the Petrie Museum of Egyptology, the UCL Art Museum, and the Grant Museum of Zoology
In addition to wide range and depth of experience of the following staff who teach on this programme, the MA benefits from the contributions of expert guest speakers drawn from the wider museum community.
- Paul Basu is an anthropologist and heritage consultant. His areas of specialisation include museums and community development; exhibition design and narrative; multimedia installation; digital access initiatives; critical museology; and museum ethnography. He is currently working alongside the British Museum’s Africa Programme and has recently co-edited a collection of essays entitled Exhibition Experiments.
- Rodney Harrison is a specialist in critical museology, heritage studies and material culture. Among current projects, he is undertaking an historical study of the role of anthropology museums in the cultural governance of both colonial and metropolitan populations. His books include Understanding the Politics of Heritage and After Modernity: Archaeological Approaches to the Contemporary Past
- Theano Moussouri specialises in the study of how museums and galleries interact with their audiences and the study of learning in free-choice learning environments (with particular emphasis on families and museums). She was previously a full-time museum consultant.
- Tim Schadla-Hall has a strong interest in promoting public involvement in archaeology and in understanding archaeological legislation, indigenous archaeologies and museum management practices. He also specialises in landscape archaeology, post glacial north-western Europe, and post- medieval country houses.
- A list of the funding opportunities available for students taking taught Masters programmes is provided by the Student Funding Office.
- UK and EU students who intend to enrol for this degree are eligible to apply for AHRC Funding for MA Museum Studies.
While you are here
After you leave
- Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to do PhDs while others have pursued careers in professional organisations associated with the museum and/or heritage sector. According to the UCL Careers Office, ca.90% of UK graduates from this degree have taken up employment in the museum sector within six months of leaving.
Further Information and Application Forms
- The Museum Studies MA is an extremely popular programme and, due to our teaching approach, places are restricted. Prospective students are generally expected to have a good undergraduate track record (equivalent to a 2:1 or above) and gained experience in museum or exhibition work (e.g. through volunteering or internships).
- Prospective students may apply while completing undergraduate studies, although the majority of successful candidates have gained museum-related work experience after graduating prior to applying.
- Applications can be received from November for the following September. The deadline for complete applications (including both references) is 20th January, however applicants are encouraged to submit a complete application by the end of December. Please note that only complete applications (with both references) uploaded by the deadline date will be considered.
- For further details, please email the Institute of Archaeology's Graduate Admissions Tutor.